"How Nice It Is that Wrinkles Don't Hurt"--and the Things that Do: Sex-Related Changes, Stress, Depression, and Successful Aging

by Dann Hazel

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Among the multitude of factors which influence--and often impede--an individual's ability to "age successfully," physiological changes related to sex and sexual functioning, the effects of stress on cognition, and depression are three critical factors capable of eroding life satisfaction of older individuals.

This work examines the psychological ramifications of gender- and sex-related changes in aging populations, with an emphasis on sex drive transformations and sexual satisfaction. An examination of the myriad effects of stress on cognition among older individuals illuminates the desirability of lowering stress levels to avoid their deleterious effects on the aging brain, which is already experiencing significant changes. And since depression manifests itself in quite unique yet subtle ways among older individuals, this work examines the inherent challenges to diagnosis as well as the importance of identifying pathology before older clients resort to lethal means to end their pain.
Finally, a variety of definitions of successful aging are presented, along with the controversies surrounding the concept which implies a competition between those who "succeed" and those who "fail."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151075787
Publisher: The Original Press
Publication date: 10/31/2015
Series: The Contemporary Psychology Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 45 KB

About the Author

Dann Hazel, Ph.D., is a Florida-based educator, life coach, media psychologist, and author. His professional experience includes teaching high school students, directing college preparatory grants, counseling in a private psychiatric hospital, teaching psychology on the college level, and writing. He has earned three master's degrees (in education, clinical psychology, and media psychology), as well as a doctorate in psychology. Dann's doctoral dissertation is entitled "Relationships of Psychological Well-Being, Social Morals, and Personality among Religious and Non-Religious Individuals." A book based on his research findings will be released in 2016. His writing credits include a number of magazine articles about the Spoleto U.S.A. Festival in Charleston, SC, a young adult novel, and "Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front." For about six years, he co-authored several Walt Disney World guidebooks with his spouse. His short stories, including "The Tick Wars," "Haitian Elegy," and "Riding to Jedburg," focus on characters facing unique obstacles to fulfillment, yet, because of their ability to cultivate confidence in their personal strengths, they emerge victorious from life's challenges. Dann currently resides with his spouse, Josh Fippen, and their Siberian Husky, Rocky, in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida.

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